Thailand Immigration Control Procedure for Foreigners

Thailand Immigration control procedure for foreign passport holders at the airport in Thailand is pretty simple if only you have all the required documents in place. What to expect during your arrival at the airport?

Thailand Immigration Counters

Once at the airport, just proceed to the immigration counters by following the signs “Immigration”.

Thailand Immigration Control Procedure for Foreigners

If you are from one of the eligible countries and have a plan to use Thailand Visa on Arrival, you must go to “Visa on Arrival” counters first. Detailed information about applying for Visa on Arrival at different airports in Thailand can be found here:

Thailand Immigration at the airports usually has separate counters not only for Foreign passports and Thai passports but also ASEAN passports and even Chinese passports.

Thailand Immigration Control Procedure for Foreigners

Thailand Immigration Procedure

The steps of Thailand Immigration control procedure for foreign passport holders are listed below.

Thailand Immigration Control Procedure for Foreigners

Step 1

Present your passport and boarding pass. Immigration card (TM.6) is no longer used at the airports.

In most cases, your passport must be valid for at least 6 months from the day of your arrival. Tourists who are planning to use Visa on Arrival must possess passport with at least 1 month validity.

Thailand Immigration card is currently only needed when arriving by land or by sea. You can find plenty of them just before the Immigration. More information about Thai immigration card can be found here: Thailand Arrival Card.

Step 2

Immigration officer will compare your personal appearance to your passport photo.

Step 3

Your Thailand visa / Thailand visa exemption will be checked.

Step 4

All the passengers from 45 countries in health control list must show the immigration card with stamp from health control counter that they have been tested for diseases specifically prohibited and prescribed in the regulations. In case if there is no stamp to show at passport control, the passenger will be taken to health control first.

List of countries which require International Health Certificate for Yellow Fever Vaccination is as follows:

  1. Angola
  2. Benin
  3. Bolivia
  4. Brazil
  5. Burkina Faso
  6. Burundi
  7. Cameroon
  8. Central African Republic
  9. Chad
  10. Colombia
  11. Congo
  12. Congo Republic
  13. Cote d’ Ivore
  14. Ecuador
  15. Equatorial Guinea
  16. Ethiopia
  17. French-Guiana
  18. Gabon
  19. Gambia
  20. Ghana
  21. Guinea-Bissau
  22. Guinea
  23. Guyana
  24. Kenya
  25. Liberia
  26. Mali
  27. Mauritania
  28. Niger
  29. Nigeria
  30. Panama
  31. Peru
  32. Rwanda
  33. Sao Tome & Principe
  34. Senegal
  35. Sierra Leone
  36. Somalia
  37. Sudan
  38. Suriname
  39. Tanzania
  40. Togo
  41. Trinidad and Tobago
  42. Uganda
  43. Venezuela
  44. Argentina
  45. Paraguay

Step 5

The blacklist status of travellers will be checked on computer system.

If you haven’t overstayed your Thailand visa before and have no criminal record, you shouldn’t have any troubles at this step.

Step 6

All information of passport, flight number and all arrival information will be recorded.

Step 7

Passport will be stamped.

Holders of Single-Entry or Multiple-Entry Tourist Visa will be given an entry stamp for 60 days, most of tourists using visa exemption – entry stamp for 30 days, travellers with Visa on Arrival – entry stamp for 15 days. Some nationalities and holders of different types of Thailand visa can get an entry stamp with a longer duration.

Your stay in the country can later be extended at one of Thailand Immigration offices. Detailed information about the extension can be found here: Thailand Visa Extension.

Step 8

Your passport will be returned to you.

Step 9

Afterward, you can collect your baggage from the belt.


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